image of Chongro Cross
Nam June Paik, Chongro Cross, 1991
Nam June Paik, Chongro Cross, 1991; color monitors, cement "Beuys Hat," various Korean Folk objects, 81 1/4 x 47 3/4 x 15 1/2 in. (206.38 x 121.29 x 39.37 cm); Collection SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions; © Estate of Nam June Paik

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Chongro Cross
Artist name
Nam June Paik
Date created
1991
Classification
video installation
Medium
color monitors, cement "Beuys Hat," various Korean Folk objects
Dimensions
81 1/4 x 47 3/4 x 15 1/2 in. (206.38 x 121.29 x 39.37 cm)
Date acquired
2015
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Accessions
Copyright
© Estate of Nam June Paik
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2015.70.A-T
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

Essay

Nam June Paik: Kinship, Collaboration, and Commemoration

By Rachel Jans, August 2018
Nam June Paik’s sculptural installation Chongro Cross (1991), titled after the central district of Seoul where his family’s textile factory was once based, weaves together video, film, photography, and the artist’s legacy of experimental performance with traditional Korean rites of commemoration. Here Paik’s poignant recollections of his artistic and ancestral origins reveal his understanding that both old and new media serve as conduits for memory.

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